When you bring home a new puppy, it involves many different costs ranging from essentials you need for a dog, what they’ll need moving forward, plus additional “unexpected” factors to consider. Many cost factors will differ depending on where you get the dog, the circumstances under which you get it, and the extras you prefer to have. In the case of getting a new Maltipoo, there are specific factors to consider that relate to their breed. This includes costs related to grooming, training, food, health care, and more. In general, adopting a Maltipoo can cost between $100–$600, and getting one from a breeder can cost $2,000–$4,000.
The following article will explore all the possible costs included with owning a Maltipoo.
Bringing Home a New Maltipoo : One-Time Costs
Getting a new dog will include a few up-front costs—a bed, food, a leash, a collar, etc. There are a few items you will need to make sure to have for their first night home, and at least for the first few days. It’s much better to be prepared so you can make them feel as comfortable as possible.
In a few cases, and depending on where you got your Maltipoo from, there will be a couple of things that are essentially free. This can include their initial shots, deworming, microchipping, and spaying or neutering. Sometimes, they may even have a pre-existing health condition that comes with specialized medication. However, this would only apply if adopted from a shelter or rescue, you got your Maltipoo from someone who can no longer look after them, or from a reputable breeder who includes this.
If you’re adopting your Maltipoo, then there will be much lower costs initially. This is because when adopting from a shelter or rescue organization, they are usually working with volunteers and doing this for a good cause over profit. Adoption agencies and rescues usually have surrendered dogs or strays. However, finding a specific breed will be difficult at an adoption agency/shelter.
Typically, adopting a dog from a shelter will only cost a few hundred dollars at most—far less than it would from a breeder. Plus, you’re giving a home to a dog in need!
A breeder who specializes in Maltipoos will have a much higher cost associated when buying a puppy. Breeders generally put a lot of attention and care into breeding dogs, and this comes with higher costs. For example, breeders will typically take care of all their initial health needs like shots, deworming, microchipping, etc. Additionally, they breed their dogs with special attention to avoid health issues later in life.
Initial Setup and Supplies
When you bring your Maltipoo home for the first time, there are several supplies you will want to have on hand. The price can range greatly depending on the quality of items you prefer, the age of the dog, and more.
For example, a new puppy will need a bed, some toys, food, a food and water bowl, a leash, and a collar. You may even want to buy them a brush.
List of Maltipoo Care Supplies and Costs
|ID Tag and Collar
|Nail Clipper (optional)
|Food and Water Bowls
How Much Does a Maltipoo Cost Per Month?
On average, a Maltipoo will cost anywhere from $100 to $200+ per month. This includes things they will need on a regular basis like food, grooming, new toys, and more. Food needs to be purchased regularly, and a Maltipoo will need monthly or bi-weekly grooming due to their fluffy coat.
Dogs won’t generally need health care every single month, but any issues that arise could be costly. For example, there are things like vaccinations and dental cleanings, but these might be yearly rather than monthly. Unless your dog has an ongoing health condition that requires regular vet visits, this cost could virtually be zero. However, things like dental cleanings and checkups could occur monthly and will cost you anywhere from $100 to $300 per month.
Also, you may decide to go with pet insurance for your Maltipoo, which will add to the monthly cost of health care.
Food for your Maltipoo will be an ongoing purchase. Dogs this size will generally need around 5–10 pounds of kibble every month or two. This means depending on your dog, you will be purchasing at least one bag of dry food per month. On average, kibble costs anywhere from $20 to $40 (for premium brands).
Maltipoos have a low-shedding coat, which means they don’t have long fur that needs to be regularly maintained or detangled. Due to their genetics—a mix between a Maltese and Poodle—they may have dense curly fur or more loose, curly fur. Brushing them regularly is ideal but getting them seen by a groomer means they can cut their nails, clean their ears, and even give them a trim if needed.
Medications and Vet Visits
Maltipoos may have vet visits for any number of reasons, ranging from yearly vaccinations to dental cleaning. This cost increases if your dog has a health condition, but on average vet visits are at least $100.
Medications again depends on if your dog needs antibiotics or something like flea/tick removal. Teeth cleaning, for example, can range from $100–$300 depending on the type of service you want.
Pet insurance for dogs ranges depending on age, health conditions, breed, and more. There are many options for pet insurance for dogs from companies that offer different coverage options. Depending on what amount of coverage you want, the monthly cost will differ. Other things to consider would be the age of the Maltipoo you get (i.e., puppies are less expensive than older dogs).
hen it comes to owning a Maltipoo, there will be a few monthly expenses that will be ongoing in relation to their environmental needs. This can include maintaining things like their bed, replacing puppy pads, and getting them new toys that they may have chewed through.
hen it comes to keeping your Maltipoo entertained, this can include getting them new toys on a regular basis or replacing ones they may have chewed through or maybe just don’t enjoy anymore. On average, you may be replacing one or two toys per month. Alternatively, there are pet subscription boxes you can get to keep the flow of new toys and treats coming in! These boxes are anywhere from $30-$50 per month.
Total Monthly Cost of Owning a Maltipoo
In summary, owning a Maltipoo comes with both initial costs and ongoing costs. When you first adopt or purchase a new dog, depending on where you get them from, some initial fees may be covered. Breeders will pay more attention to their overall health, whereas getting a dog online may involve more of your own health checkups and consequent costs.
Additional Costs to Factor In
Many additional costs will arise throughout pet ownership. For example, if you go on vacation for a week and you need a reliable pet sitter. Or a more likely situation could be getting a dog walker while you’re at work. These costs can add up, especially if you require them daily. Think about dog daycare costs or the cost of a daily sitter.
You will also have to consider your pet getting injured or sick. Surgeries are very costly for animals and the recovery, including medications and checkups, can cost upwards of $1,000—easily.
Also, your pet may need extra training from a professional, and this can be expensive.
Owning a Maltipoo on a Budget
You can own a Maltipoo without breaking the bank. From the information provided above, think about where you can make those budget cuts. For example, get your dog from a rescue or shelter. You can save thousands of dollars when adopting.
Try getting food or toy subscriptions that can save you money on transportation and keep you from buying an excessive number of toys that may not be suitable for your dog. Subscription boxes usually give you a chance to try many different toys at a decreased cost.
Additionally, investigate pet insurance to cover any expenses that could occur without being prepared financially. Insurance will help you with costs related to accidents or illnesses for a relatively low monthly price.
Saving Money on Maltipoo Care
Maltipoos have care requirements that are common for all pets. Regular vet check-ups and vaccinations, grooming and health care needs, and of course, food! You can have a dog on a budget and give them the same happy, healthy, and long life by carefully researching their needs.
Cover any additional expenses with pet insurance, try subscription boxes for toys, and find a rescue or shelter that may have Maltipoos of older ages.
Owning a Maltipoo includes both monthly, recurring costs and one-time set-up costs. This ranges from buying them their first bed, collar, and toys to regular grooming and replenishing their food. Things like getting them spayed or neutered will only be required once when they’re puppies and cost around $200, while training and boarding are extra costs depending on your circumstances.
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